What’s the farthest you’ve travelled to meet a celebrity? A few days ago, I drove six hours across the heart of Texas in hopes of seeing Browser, the library cat in White Settlement, a small community on the outskirts of Fort Worth. I’ve wanted to meet Browser for years, ever since I heard about the drama and controversy surrounding his tenure at his library. He sounded like a working class hero, a pillar of the community, friend to retirees and children alike.
He was the biggest kitten in his litter, healthy and alert. At first glance, he was just a regular gray tabby, but as he regarded her with a calm intelligence, she found him more and more striking. His thick fur was more silver than gray, and the bold stripes and whorls on his body were almost dark blue.